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Evonik launches new composites project house

News International-French

28 May 2013

The composites project house will develop new materials and system solutions for the lightweight construction sector.

Among the topics addressed will be automotive and aviation applications and applications in the domain of renewable energies. Having established the composites project house, the specialty chemicals company is intensifying its strategic research for resource-efficient, sustainable solutions, particularly in the field of mobility.

Dr. Dahai Yu, Evonik’s Executive Board member responsible for the Specialty Materials segment, believes that composite materials for the lightweight construction sector are an attractive market for Evonik. In some market segments, the composites market is growing by a double-digit percentage. Evonik has been offering composites for specific applications in the lightweight construction industry for some time now: Rohacell as a structural foam in fiber-reinforced composite parts, Vestamin as the hardener component for duroplastic matrix systems, and Vestakeep as a matrix for thermoplastic composites, to name just a few examples.

The issues being worked on at the composites project house are current and future customer requirements such as rapid, profitable processability of the composites.

Project houses at Evonik—part of strategic research
In the project houses run by Creavis, Evonik’s strategic research and development unit, experts from several operating units and external experts work together on issues that will expand Evonik’s product and technology portfolio and drive forward research until it is ready for use. The research findings are then commercialized by Evonik’s operating units or an internal start-up.

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